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a discontinuous sound heard on auscultation, primarily during inhalation; called also crackle.
crackling rale subcrepitant rale.
crepitant rale a fine sound like that of rubbing a hair between the fingers or by particles of salt thrown on fire; heard at the end of inhalation. Called also crepitus.
dry rale a fine sound associated with any of various interstitial lung diseases, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
moist rale one heard over fluid in the bronchial tubes.
subcrepitant rale a fine moist rale heard over liquid in the smaller tubes; called also crackling rale.
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Ambiguous term for an added sound heard on auscultation of breath sounds; used by some to denote rhonchus and by others for crepitation.
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An abnormal respiratory sound characterized by fine crackles.
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ralerâle, French, to rattle Clinical medicine An abnormal lung sound Types Sibilant–whistling; dry–crackling; wet–sloshy depending on the amount and density of fluid flowing back and forth in the air passages; rales may be discontinuous sounds or vibrations heard by auscultation in various lung disease–eg, bronchitis, pneumonia, atelectasis, pulmonary edema, heart failure, bronchiectasis, TB. See Dry rales, Moist rales.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
An extraneous sound heard on auscultation of breath sounds; used by some to denote rhonchus and by others for crepitation.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
Term for a sound heard on auscultation of breath sounds; used by some to denote rhonchus and by others crepitation.
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